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My place is in Arsenal – Saliba

William Saliba has confirmed he will be returning to Arsenal this summer, with Marseille now set to miss out on a loan transfer extension for the Frenchman.

Arsenal sent Saliba out on loan for the third time since signing him from Saint-Etienne in 2019 last summer as Marseille snapped him up on a season-long deal.

The 21-year-old played a key role in helping the club finish second in Ligue 1 last term and subsequently expressed his desire to stay at Stade Velodrome to play Champions League football, but has now performed a U-turn on his future.

Saliba won the Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year award while earning a spot in the French national team squad as a result of his stellar performances for Marseille, and is eager to transfer that form to Emirates Stadium.

The centre-half has yet to make a competitive appearance for Arsenal but he is determined to force his way into Mikel Arteta’s plans.

“I belong to Arsenal, and I still have two years there. I will be there for pre-season with Arsenal,” Saliba has told Telefoot.

“I have played zero matches with Arsenal and I want to show them what I’m made of and have the chance to play for the supporters and for this big club.

“That depends only on me. In any case, leaving (Arsenal) like that would be a shame.”

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